OBE Beef Organics new headquarters opens

11-07-2018 by admin

One of OBE Organic’s founding directors David Brook and OBE general manager Dalene Wray at the opening of the Beef Organics new headquarters.
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Dalene Wray, General Manager OBE Beef Organics gave me an insight into the opening of their new headquarters.

OBE Organic’s founding Directors, Scott Fraser, Peter Schmidt and David Brook, welcomed guests on Friday night to the opening of their new headquarters at 850 Ann St, Fortitude Valley. The company had grown out of their former space at Eagle Farm. It was pleasing to have former Member for Maranoa Hon Bruce Scott officially open the new premises.

Their fit-out has been completed with cutting edge digital technology, allowing the OBE team significant opportunity to connect with producers in the outback and customers around the world. They have recognised the need for functional and collaborative workspaces and it was great to see their meeting rooms named after the founding Directors. You can have a look at photos of their new premises on Twitter @obeorganic

Speaking of Twitter, I noticed three screens as I walked around their office which I was told were social media visualisers, capturing real-time conversations about their product and supply chain and streaming those conversations straight into their new HQ. Imagine making yourself a cup of coffee in Brisbane and watching live, what people are saying about your product in Hong Kong or New York?!

Dalene Wray, OBE Organic’s General Manager, relocated from Hong Kong to Brisbane with her three children, twelve months ago. Joshua, her one year old, was the youngest guest at the opening event! It was great to see lots of other children of OBE staff, exploring their parent’s new offices. I noted the kids were having the most fun, making the desks go up and down. The top class fit-out includes powered desks that rise and fall as required, to allow instant mini meeting spaces, instead of having to retire to one of the meeting rooms for group discussions.

I was pleased to attend a function later in the evening, to celebrate Scott Fraser’s contribution to the achievements of a company that was born out inWestern Queenslandover 20 years ago. Scott is retiring as a director of OBE Organic whilst retaining a director role at the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA).

The OBE team gifted Scott a video which combined memorable photos of his time at OBE, along with video messages from his peers around the world. It was a touching ‘thank you’ to a man who has contributed greatly to OBE Organic’s success.

It was indeed anhonour to be present at the opening of this new office. I have known David and his wife Nell for many moons, meeting often at their Birdsville home.

​Happy 127th BirthdayA gathering of 200 or more of the usual suspects made the pilgrimage to the Breakfast Creek Hotel on Thursday for its annual 1970s lunch.

The fantastic affair sees the Spanish Garden Restaurant return to the decor, and the prices, but thankfully not the fashions of the seventies.

The lovely team of Melinda Venning, Catering Manager of 30 years and Sue Butler, the longest serving member of floor staff in the Spanish, made sure the food was ample and wine flowed. Hats off to the chef… my steak was cooked to perfection!

My good mate, Paul “Campo” Campion from River FM made sure the event ran smoothly as the MC and we were entertained and regaled with stories from Horse Trainer Lawton Mayfield Smith and horse owner Nev Morgan, CEO of the PA Research Foundation, Damian Topp and acting manager of the Creek, James Carman who has some very big shoes to fill with manager, (and an old mate of mine), Sam Gullo taking a well earned break. He seems to be taking it all in his stride and today’s party went off without a hitch.

I hear that the partygoers managed to smash a new record by working their way through a famous 11-gallon beer-off-the-wood keg in the first hour of festivities.

I was perched at the media table and was able to catch up with old industry mates including Anthony Marx and Alan Welburn.

The highlight of the day was the charity raffle with proceeds going towards ALH Group’s fundraising efforts for the PA Research Foundation. A total of $2835 was raised by the raffle with quite a bounty up for grabs including 2x tickets to the Creek Carnivale, a $500 indulgence gift hamper from Royal Beauty, a Jim Beam can fridge from Coca Cola Amatil, a cracking esky from our mates at Carlton United Brewery and 4 cartons of Somersby Cider from Asahi Premium Beverages.

Birthday Week has been in full swing all this week and it’s this week that sees the statewide launch of the ALH Group’s annual fundraising appeal for the PA Research Foundation.

This year, the group’s aim is to raise $300k through various events and fundraising initiatives. Keep an eye out for the next big fundraiser event at any of the ALH group’s 120-something pubs across Queensland.

A big Happy Birthday to the Brekky Creek and all my mates who always manage to show mea great time!

Big drop in beef production to open 2016Meat & Livestock Australia reported that Australian beef and veal production in the first quarter of 2016 was substantially (17pc) lower than last year, at 532,683 tonnes carcase weight – the result of a sharp decline in cattle and calf slaughter.

Adult cattle slaughter was down 19pc over the quarter, to 1.82 million head, and calves were 24pc lower, at 89,840 head (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

One production indicator that moved against the downward trend was the average weight of adult cattle carcases processed, which rose 2pc from last year, to 289.2kg. This was the result of a higher proportion of male cattle (generally heavier than females) and grainfed cattle in the kill, not from of an improvement in growing conditions for cattle. During the opening quarter of this year, 54.3% of the adult cattle processed in Australia were male, up from 50.6pc over the same period last year.

Lower production was registered across the country, with Queensland beef and veal production accounting for 46pc ofthe volume decline, and NSW and Victoria 25pc. All states also recorded a drop in the number of female cattle processed, but the decline in Queensland was significantly larger than the rest – female cattle slaughter was down 40pc compared with all other states which ranged between 10–17pc lower than last year. After three years of very large cattle kills and herd culls, this reduction in the female kill is necessary to begin a national rebuild of cattle numbers.

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